Eliza is quite surprised that she now supports people in the exploration of flexibility and presence, considering that she spent the first half of her life trying to avoid being present, celebrating perfectionism, trying to control everything, and avoiding feeling as much as possible.
(Perfectionism, unchecked, can be a bad thing? Feelings can be helpful? Who knew?)
Because of this, she sees limitlessness not as transcending, but as including our whole, human selves, and mining that for it's riches and information. Through this lens every moment of our lives has the potential to be filled with meaning, purpose, and interest. Limitlessly.
And she sees "growth" not just as a straight line forward, a questing towards achieving a desired state, but an expansion out and a diving in at the same time. An invitation to experience and learn from what is, as well as to expand to imagine what else could be. Presence and possibilities.
So how did that happen?
While acting and teaching acting in Boston, DC and New York, Eliza noticed that in an acting class and in rehearsal people were easily and playfully able to take different perspectives and were able to playfully and joyfully learn from them.
In fact, the more different a character was from them, the more enriched they were.
They were also able to be with each other. Really be with each other. Listening and being fully present.
They were able to be with themselves. Really be with themselves.
This allowed them to think and feel (and so create and innovate) in ways they never had before.
So she became interested in how the practices that actors learn, to ground themselves in the present moment and see through the eyes of characters (to access new perspectives while still living fully in their own), might be adapted to help anyone do the same thing in real life.
So she set off to find out!
She has spent the past decade immersed in the literature of social science, psychology, philosophy, and wisdom traditions (building off of a foundation begun much earlier) exploring how we can make expanding our perspective effortlessly fun.
Her interdisciplinary collaborations and
research to this end have included working with neuroscientists, educators, and business leaders, while also receiving her MFA in Theater Education and Yoga Teacher certifications. And she has a twenty year meditation practice in various disciplines.
Eliza partners with leaders in business and the arts and blends her own backgrounds in the arts, teaching, and researching to offer intuitive practices that help people spark creativity and empathy, increasing vitality, connection, and innovation.
And she chases her toddler around.
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